|Picture at Threadbias of their blog colors|
On to free motion quilting. I am not sure why I was so scared of it...wait yes I am - my sewing machine manual said I could do free motion quilting by doing X, Y and Z, and I tried it, and this is what it looked like. >>>>
I ordered a 1/4" foot and a quilting foot, and the quilting foot was sitting there this last month just taunting me, I really didn't think it would make a difference, I thought it would still be just as hard to move the fabric, but I was determined to do more than sew straight lines.
|First attempt with the quilting foot|
After investing 90 seconds in perfecting my FMQ skills... I decided to tackle something more involved.
SewCalGal has apparently been doing a free motion quilting challenge all year (I just subscribed to the blog last month so I just heard of it..not that I was ready to do it until now anyway!) This month is the Fancy Feather pattern in a 8" block.
The tracing paper I have is horrible, so after tracing I had to do my best to go over it with a FriXion marker so I could see it. Why did I use such a busy fabric for this first attempt? Let's chalk it up to naivete, never mind that the pattern doesn't look as good on the vintage sheeting as I thought it would. I figured I'd use this for a pillow so I didn't put a back on it, so at least the pattern is visible from the back.
|Before quilting, After quilting, Back of batting|
I am definitely going to use FMQ for my Totally groovy quilt, I have to start researching what would look best with it. I'd LOVE to do all pebbles (on everything!!!) but apparently that pattern is much more time consuming than some other options.